Haje Jan Kamps

Haje is Director of Portfolio at Bolt, helping startups build the next generation of fun hardware projects.

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  • Airthings wants you to measure the Radon in your house

    Airthings wants you to measure the Radon in your house

    We have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that live in our house, sniffing the air for nasties, and beeping loudly if something has gone horribly wrong. Norwegian company Airthings wants to add Radon to the list of things you constantly monitor for, with the Wave radon detector. Read More

  • SteadXP wants to add image stabilization magic to any camera

    SteadXP wants to add image stabilization magic to any camera

    Hand-holding video always seems like such a good idea until you’re watching the footage back in the editing suite. Wobblycam is a pain in the backside and can take forever to fix in post-production. That is, in theory. Until SteadXP came along. Except not quite. Read More

  • Look out for Ultrahaptics haptic feedback in new cars this year

    Look out for Ultrahaptics haptic feedback in new cars this year

    Since Ultrahaptics was founded in 2013, the company has showed off a string of better and better technical demos. Which has been fun, but obviously where the rubber really hits the road (pun most emphatically intended) is when the products start showing up in the real world. 2017 may just prove to be the year that happens. Read More

  • Adding encryption to cameras won’t solve photojournalists’ problems

    Adding encryption to cameras won’t solve photojournalists’ problems

    When the Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to Canon, encouraging the company to implement encryption features into its cameras, it missed the point. Yes, encryption per se is a great idea, but when dodging bullets in war zones, gravity friction-lock batons in tin-pot dictatorships or nasty cutlery if you’re filming gangs, it isn’t going to help you. Read More

  • Runchkins is Trunk Club for kids, with an optional buy-back power-up

    Runchkins is Trunk Club for kids, with an optional buy-back power-up

    You know what it’s like… you’ve just bought the cutest little outfit for the tiniest person in your family, and they promptly go and grow out of it. If that sounds familiar, Runchkins might just be about to become your most favoritest startup. The concept is simple: You buy clothes, your kid wears ’em, and once the little one has grown out of ’em, you can sell… Read More

  • Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Beddit 3 knows if you’ve been sleeping. It knows if you’re awake.

    Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More

  • Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

    Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

    If you’ve ever had to have a logo designed, you probably know that a lot of love, care, taste, years of training, tons of experience and buckets of knowledge goes into the process. Logojoy pulls the plug on all of that and goes barreling down a different alleyway, unlocking the power of AI and machine learning to help you throw together logo concepts. The result is astonishingly good. Read More

  • Dobot is crowdfunding a robot that laser-engraves, 3D prints and much more

    Dobot is crowdfunding a robot that laser-engraves, 3D prints and much more

    Robotic arms seem like they belong in Sci-Fi movies, car factories and the dreams of DIY nerds. Dobot wants to change that, with a shiny new Kickstarter campaign bringing entry-level robotics to the desktop. The robot is extendable and can be equipped to deal with any number of tasks, including cutting, moving, printing, picking-upping, soldering and a ton of other -ings. Dobot M1 costs $1,399. Read More

  • Soracom launches SIM cards and services easing IoT rollout cost

    Soracom launches SIM cards and services easing IoT rollout cost

    One of the challenges of Internet of Things is the poor availability and high price of mobile data. Twilio announced it was going to have a stab at changing that earlier this year. Today Soracom showed off its solutions to ease the pain of IoT adaptation across the industry. The company’s slightly byzantine pricing plans are optimized for a number of low-bandwidth, high uptime applications. Read More

  • Synq launches a video API so you don’t have to build video delivery from scratch

    Synq launches a video API so you don’t have to build video delivery from scratch

    Say you’re an app developer and you need to give your app users a way of uploading, storing and playing back video. Instead of having to build your own video content management system or licensing one of the existing ones, Synq offers developers a third option. The company is launching its “cloud video API for Developers,” service today, aiming to be a full video… Read More

  • Vitrima is a hack that brings 3D vision to your GoPro camera

    Vitrima is a hack that brings 3D vision to your GoPro camera

    If there was a product that could make you dig out your dust-collecting GoPro from the “misc” drawer and turn it into a 3D-filming camera, would you buy it? Of course you would; 737 people said “yes, please” in the Vitrima Indiegogo campaign, backing it to breathe some life into their GoPros. Shipping today, the product is available to order for $145 from the… Read More

  • Yeehaw launches 3D printer for kids on Indiegogo

    Yeehaw launches 3D printer for kids on Indiegogo

    The Yeehaw is a 3D printer aimed at the kids market. The company’s Indiegogo campaign carries a $249 early-bird price tag and promises to ship the first 50 units in time for Christmas. There were a few things about the company’s campaign that gave me pause. The device was designed with safety in mind, with sensors shutting off the printer in case some little fingers get a little… Read More

  • Facetune 2 puts a powerful photo editor in your pocket

    Facetune 2 puts a powerful photo editor in your pocket

    The original Facetune app made it easy and fast to make your selfies look next-level awesome. Lightricks just released a fully revamped version 2 of Facetune, complete with automatic 3D meshing built in, which makes it possible to have another level of editing prowess at your fingertips. Read More

  • Japanese unicorn Mercari is gunning for eBay’s crown

    Japanese unicorn Mercari is gunning for eBay’s crown

    After raising a $75 million investment at a $1 billion valuation earlier this year, Mercari announced it has seen more than 20 million app downloads in the U.S. The company started a North American hiring binge earlier this year and is aiming to double its staff in the U.S over the next 12 months. Mercari’s ultimate goal is to take on eBay and Craigslist on their home turf —… Read More

  • Telemedicine company Syounika Online snags top prize at TechCrunch Tokyo

    Telemedicine company Syounika Online snags top prize at TechCrunch Tokyo

    As a parent, if your child breaks out with a rash, what do you do? You panic, you search the internet for what could possibly be wrong and the next thing you know is that you’re convinced your child is dying. Syounika Online is a company that’s trying to reduce this problem in the Japanese market — and they’re the winners of the TechCrunch Tokyo 2016 pitch competition. Read More

  • These are the TechCrunch Tokyo 2016 pitch competition winners

    These are the TechCrunch Tokyo 2016 pitch competition winners

    You’ve probably heard of TechCrunch Disrupt, but we run events all over the world. This week, it’s all about Tokyo. Twenty startups were battling for a spot in the final. The judges were ruthless. Well, they were very polite — this is Japan, after all — but they were politely ruthless. Or ruthlessly polite. Either way, these are the six startups still standing after the… Read More

  • This is a Kendama! This is a IoT! Uh! Dendama.

    This is a Kendama! This is a IoT! Uh! Dendama.

    The Ken plays the starring role in the traditional Japanese Kendama game. It’s a cup-and-ball juggling toy that hasn’t seen much disruption since the 17th century. Until now, that is. Dendama is an Internet of Things-oriented company that’s working on bringing the Kendama toy into the current century. Read More

  • Surgery training app Touch Surgery cuts deal with Johnson & Johnson

    Surgery training app Touch Surgery cuts deal with Johnson & Johnson

    London-based app maker Touch Surgery creates a series of apps to help surgeons train ahead of complicated surgery prodedures, or to familiarize themselves with new surgical tools, equipment and procedures. The company just announced it has signed a “strategic collaboration” with Johnson & Johnson medical devices subsidiary Ethicon. Read More

  • Bonx brings tunes and talk to the slick and slippery slopes

    Bonx brings tunes and talk to the slick and slippery slopes

    Electronics and water go together like, well, electronics and water. But how are you going to talk to your friends when you’re knee deep in snow or plunging down a mountainside on a bike? Bonx to the rescue. The Indiegogo-funded Bonx Grip brings group-chat to the masses. Shipping this month, the $139 device is coming to an extreme-sports fan near you. Read More

  • “Anti-smartphone” Light Phone runs into delays

    “Anti-smartphone” Light Phone runs into delays

    For people who feel that we are a little bit too connected these days, Kickstarter project Light Phone was promising a respite. It was scheduled to ship in May this year, but has seen a number of setbacks. This week, the company issued a statement. It says that while it missed its goal, it hopes to start shipping later this month. Read More

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